was hired as a West Haven Police Officer on June 21, 1985.
Deputy Chief Smullen began her career serving in the Patrol Division.
In 1987 she
was assigned to the Statewide Narcotics Task Force
, a prestigious and coveted assignment.
The unit is made up of State and Local law enforcement professionals working together to combat narcotics distribution in Connecticut.
On April 19, 1989 Officer Smullen received the Medal of Honor (the highest commendation awarded by this Department) for her bravery in risking her own life engaged in combat with an armed and dangerous person.
On August 19, 1988 Deputy Chief Smullen was searching for an armed gunman who had shot State Trooper John Kucan and West Haven Police Detective Keith Sweeney in the Meloy Road area.
In 1991, Officer Smullen was assigned as an investigator to the Detective Division.
On September 10, 1993 she was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division as a supervisor.
In 1993, Sergeant Smullen was assigned as the supervisor to the Training Division where she was responsible for the in-service training of all sworn and civilian personnel and recruitment of new police officers.
On October 10, 1997, Sergeant Smullen was promoted to Lieutenant.
She served as a Patrol Shift Commander and the Department's Administrative Lieutenant.
As Administrative Lieutenant she was responsible for the Department's grant writing and instrumental in the Department receiving $210,000 in State and Federal grants.
She is responsible for spearheading the Department's Professional Accreditation Program and is a certified assessor for the State of Connecticut Accreditation Program.
Lt. Smullen attended the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. from April 1 - June 8, 2001.
is a graduate of the 205 th session.
On July 26, 2002, Lt.
Smullen was promoted to the rank of Captain.
She was assigned to the Administrative Services Division once again overseeing the Department's training and recruitment programs.
As Captain she wrote the grant in which the Department was awarded $100,000 from the Federal Homeland Security office to use for overtime in protecting the City's infrastructure from attack.
We were 1 of only 2 police departments in the State that received this grant.
supervised the Uniformed Services Division, the Department's
largest Division made up of over 80 employees.
Deputy Chief Smullen has received the West Haven Police Department's Medal of Honor, The Connecticut State Police Medal of Bravery and the International Narcotic Officers Medal of Valor.
was named Woman Police officer of the Year for the State of Connecticut in and has received 6 Letters of Commendation and 2 Unit Citations.
Deputy Chief Smullen is an active and highly respected member of the West Haven community.
is professional, ethical, empathetic, and unwavering.
Deputy Chief Smullen is a 20 year veteran of the Department.
Deputy Chief Smullen has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master's of Science Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Public Administration, both from the University of New Haven.